Friday, October 29, 2010
Rest day today. Carpooled with $100 to complete the month of October without driving to work. Wanted to take the bus, but $100 made me ride with her so she could park in the special carpool lot at the hospital. I can be bribed with bacon pretty easily.
Picked up a pair of NB 507 at the CRC for an upcoming cross country race I'm doing (I can wear them for short road races as well). Very light, could be the final step towards busting 13 in the 5K.
Found out the Lampanelli show is at the Comedy Works South venue tonight. Changes the brewery plan a bit. Now deciding on one of three close pubs:
Bull & Bush (the top choice, but it might be too far away with the traffic)
Rock Bottom Englewood
CB & Potts (probably where we'll end up, since it's the closest)
Not the biggest fan of the chain breweries, but since I'm trying to visit every brewery in Colorado, it's a necessary evil to visit them. I will say I was surprisingly impressed with the brews at the new BJ's in Colo Springs (even though the beer is made in Boulder and trucked down here).
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Thurs AM - easy run with the Sunrise Striders. 8.8 miles, 1:15. Costume run, I ran as Bob Marley.
One more day to commute and it's an easy one - taking the bus to work tomorrow, then having $100 pick me up as we head to Denver to catch Lisa Lampanelli. Maybe a new brewery on that trip as well...
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I was having a drink and I noticed a pretty woman looking at me across the bar. So I gather the nerve to get up and offer to buy her a drink. She accepted and we talked for a while. We really seemed to be hitting it off, joking, laughing and good flirting. After a few more drinks in me I asked if we could go to her place. She said "I can't right now I'm on my menstral cycle". I replied "Thats OK I got my moped right outside, I will follow you!"
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
15 minute warm up. 2 x 1600m in 6:15 and 6:14, hitting 800m in 3:09 both times. Then 2 x 800m in 3:04. 30 minute cool down.
Not the best workout ever but I'll chalk it up to the wind and being at the track for the first time in a while. Look for those times to improve.
Nice quite from an ex-girlfriend in the recent Clarence Thomas controversy.
"Clarence became not the person I knew when I first met him," she said, adding that he "drank to excess" when they first met and might have been a "raving alcoholic" at that time. When he gave up alcohol, she said, he became "angry, short-tempered, asexual" and obsessive with ambition and what she called "weird things," such as long runs in the dark before dawn."
What's so weird about long runs in the dark before dawn?
Monday, October 25, 2010
Decided I'm gonna go 2:54 at NOLA. That number is screaming at me since it would be a new PR and an automatic qualifier for NYC. Not too much of a stretch, I thought that was what I was gonna run at Boston before I got hurt.
Will be finishing up this week running to work each day (going one month of not using my truck for work), probably hit around 70 miles. Then it's time to start hitting the track and doing some shorter races. I should probably find some 5K and lose to Brandon, that motivation served me well during training for Leadville.
Sitting at 2953 miles for the year. Averaging 9.9 miles a day for the year. Should be able to finish out 2010 averaging at least 10 a day...
Today's morning run was an easy 7.1 miles in an hour. Crazy wind storm last night, lots of tree branches all over the place.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
1. Fast Eddy, 8:40
2. Rick H, 9:55
3. jt, 12:40
4. Paul D, DNF
Good times at the party, great to see everyone again. Not sure what's up next on the eating front. Pancakes seem to be leading the rumor mill. But I'm going to start pushing for a milk challenge. And one of these days CRUD will finally get around to doing a beer mile...
I weighed my dump a few hours after the challenge, but it came in at a very disappointing .9 pounds.
In other news, I can't figure out how to turn off this underline thing on blogger...
Friday, October 22, 2010
Have only ran twice since October 14th. Would like to say the rest has been nice, but I actually feel worse now than when I was doing high mileage. Think I'm gonna hop back into things on Monday. Decided to attempt a PR in NOLA, which would also qualify me for next year's NYC marathon...
Training should get a boost as Ryan Hall has left the Mammoth Track Club and will be joining South CRUD shortly...
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Thanks to runcolo.com for the free rego to the Backcountry half marathon. It's Fast Eddy's home course, but he's avoiding me there for some weak race out east.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Anywho, commute #33 on the year, 10 for October. I'm up two on Jeremy, but he can gain one on Monday as I'm not working...
Here's a few of the "best of" awards I agree with the Indy:
Best Diner, Best Late Night Dining: King's Chef (Purple Castle)
Best Bang-For-Your-Buck Bar: Tony's (Benny's or the Royal Tavern would have been acceptable)
Best Bar For A Margarita: The Loop
Best Local Brewery: Bristol
Best Local Original Band: Grass It Up
Best Venue For Live Music: The Black Sheep
Best Location to Kick Brandon's Ass: Leadville
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
"We Aussies might not be as fast as the Ethiopian team, but I'll bet you we beat them to the beer table when the race is over."
-Lee Troup, at the press conference before the team challenge at the Bolder Boulder 10K.
Troup would later throw a boomerang at the BB race director after finding out the beer table had nothing but michelob ultra...
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Larry & His Flask will be at the Triple Nickel on Monday (Oct 18th) night. I'll get there right after hopping off the plane home from Mt. Lemmon. I've seen a lot of live shows during my day, and these guys might put on the craziest concert out there.
Heading up to Broomfield for the Harvest Ball on Nov 27th to catch Michael Franti & Spearhead. My sister should be at this show. I'd highlight her name as a link to her blog, but it hasn't been updated in 20 years. Maybe GZ will bring some of his homemade brews over to the parking lot tailgate party...
Speaking of GZ, I finally got around to checking out some Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers (found a CD of theirs at the local library). Listened to it on the way to work this morning, real good stuff. I thought they were the house band at the Black Sheep, as it always seemed they were playing there, but of course now that I want to check 'em out they're not around.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Not much to report. In the weeks and days prior to the race, I was just looking to get it over with. It was a rough summer, always having another hundred miler hanging over my head. Especially after Leadville, since pretty much every runner around here ends their season after Pb or Pikes Peak.
I somehow ended up misplacing my Nathan belt during/after Leadville, which I didn't figure out until the last minute. So it was decided for me to run light during the race, carrying two water bottles and using the aid stations for everything else. I also took a chance and didn't bother to get a pacer (Katie would end up pacing me the final eight miles of the race, but I could have finished from there - it's the night I have trouble with). Twice I had attempted a hundred miler without a pacer, and both times I ended up DNFing.
The race itself was fun but uneventful. I stayed well within myself just to secure a finish. I knew this was the only summer I'd have a shot at doing all these races, and I didn't want to blow it. Ran roughly right on schedule for the entire race, which put me through the halfway point in just under 13 hours. Katie had missed an aid station earlier, making me wonder if she had been run off the road and was dying in a ditch somewhere, but other than that I just enjoyed the great course and made some new friends. Got to run with Larry for a bit, good to catch up with him. We even had to navigate a cow stampede.
The night was not pretty, but I survived. My goal was relentless forward motion, and there were times I was really pushing the limits of how slow I could go without falling over, but eventually I got there. As the sun rose, I got my usual second wind and passed quite a few of the night owls who had passed me earlier.
Arrived at the final aid station, finally relieved to have the finish close by. Filled up on bacon and then Katie and I took off. I did very well on the final steep climb of the day before struggling horribly on the final descent to the lake. The quads and knees were beat up pretty good from a summer of mountain running. Did end up smoking the final mile due to a miscalculation in the distance and time I had remaining to go sub 30, which gave me pleanty of time to stop at my truck for a PBR before hitting the finish in 29:15. Not too shabby, as I'm sure once I do the math I spent at least three hours goofing off at aid stations.
Glad to report now that I never got giardia or any other disease during the race. I had been drinking from streams until about mile 80, at which time I wondered if the millions of cow patties all over the place could have a bad effect on the water...
Can't say enough great things about the Bear and the people who put it on. It was such a refreshing change to hit a low key event after the hollywood glamor of Leadville. And nobody yelled at me for drinking at the finish line in Idaho.
Thanks to everyone who crewed, paced, gave me free shit, bought me drinks, and supported me in any other way during all these summer races. I have a lot of good karma to pay back.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Jeremy and I are still tied for October. But it seems I may have already gained the moral victory as he seems to have admitted that running is way cooler than biking.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Monday, October 04, 2010
So naturally I've been thinking of what to do next year.
Going to spend Nov, Dec, and Jan trying to finally get a Bolder Boulder A wave qualifier, as well as getting ready for the NOLA marathon on Feb 13th.
Here's the very early tentative plan so far, which is all based on once again striking the lottery at Hardrock. I'd like to finally knock out the 33 hour HR I think I have somewhere in me, I realize I ain't getting any younger.
Mar 15 - Salida Marathon
Mar 26 - 24 hours of Moab
April 15 - Desert Rats 50
May 3 - Collegiate Peaks 50
May 21 - Jemez 50
May 30 - Bolder Boulder
June 4 - Golden Gate 50K
June 15 - San Juan Solstice
July 8 - Hardrock
Aug 20 - Pikes Peak Ascent
Sept 16-18 - Telluride Blues & Brews
Oct 24 - Wisconsin Dells Marathon
Much less racing, and far less traveling, than 2010. Somewhere in there would be the Zion crossing. And everything after August would be geared toward finishing up the rest of the 14ers.
But it's early, so who knows.
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
October should be pretty tame. Going to try to run to work every day. Also have the Mt. Lemmon Marathon, though with Josh and BLOS along for the trip I'm guessing that alcohol may decrease my performance a bit. Should be a fairly chill month running-wise, really looking forward to it. Of course, the most serious race of the year - the Manitou Coffin Races - will test my limits.
Already thinking ahead to 2011 and what I'll do. Leaning towards taking an "easy" year. NOLA, Salida, and Hardrock are the only definites right now. Leadville is out, as I'll be looking to PR in the Ascent and then crew/pace at the 100.